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Dulaney: Meridian has window of opportunity

By By Steve Swogetinsky/The Meridian Star
Oct. 29, 2001
Meridian businessman Tommy Dulaney remembers a time when the city's population was growing, and he hopes it will happen again in the near future.
Dulaney, founder and owner of Structural Steel Services, followed the late Glen Deweese as chairman of the EMBDC board. He met with The Meridian Star's editorial board and discussed his plans for the organization.
New start
With the ongoing construction of the new Nissan Plant in Madison and other automotive industry developments in Alabama, business leaders hope Meridian will be chosen as a site for support plants.
Having a place where new industry might locate is a must, and Dulaney said the continued development of the new industrial park is critical.
Existing industries
While everyone is excited about the prospect of bringing in new industry, Dulaney said the majority of new jobs will come from expansions of existing industries.
Dulaney said he supports ongoing efforts to work with state-level developers in Jackson.
Labor force
Dulaney says Meridian has a strong labor pool.
Quick thoughts
Dulaney shared his thoughts on the following subjects:
Congressional redistricting: While the EMBDC has not taken an active role in this issue, Dulaney said the EMBDC favors a regional plan that would keep Lauderdale County in one district.
Education: Dulaney praised the work force training programs at Meridian Community College, and the continuing education programs at MCC and Mississippi State University-Meridian Campus. As for the public schools, he said something must be done to improve the facilities.
The prospect of Mississippi State University president Dr. Malcolm Portera leaving to take a post in Alabama: "Let's hope he doesn't leave, and if he goes anywhere, let's hope he doesn't go to Alabama. Alabama is our No. 1 competitor for industrial development," Dulaney said. "He has done a great job here and I would hope he stays.
Steve Swogetinsky is regional editor of The Meridian Star. Call him at 693-1551, ext. 3217, or e-mail him at sswogetinsky@themeridianstar.com.

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